Harry Pasley Higginson and his role in the re-discovery of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus)

@article{Brown2020HarryPH,
  title={Harry Pasley Higginson and his role in the re-discovery of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus)},
  author={Clare Brown},
  journal={Archives of Natural History},
  year={2020},
  volume={47},
  pages={381-391}
}
  • Clare Brown
  • Published 24 November 2020
  • Economics
  • Archives of Natural History
Harry Pasley Higginson, a railway engineer from Yorkshire, northeast England, is one of the people credited with the first discovery of mid-Holocene dodo (Raphus cucullatus) bones at Mare aux Songe... 

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